First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe has urged Zimbabweans to embrace the spirit of giving wholeheartedly to the needy. Speaking during an annual Christmas party and dinner dance hosted by leading Stationery provider Cablemail Scholastic in Harare on Saturday, the First Lady said giving to the underprivileged should not be about providing second grade handouts.
"We have a tendency in this country that when we want to give something, we give outsecond hand things that we do not want. We have a tendency yekupa madhende (giving out worn out materials) but we should remember that the Bible says, the measure you give is the measure that you receive," she said.
The First Lady said her children's home in Mazowe had set a standard of providing first class treatment to the orphans at the institution.
"I have always reiterated that the Grace Mugabe Children's home in Mazowe is not an orphanage but an appropriate home for children," she said.
"At the home we have set a standard of providing the best treatment for these children and we do not rely on second hand handouts for their upkeep. We give them the best treatment that is available so that they enjoy the same privileges that any other person can enjoy in society."
The First Lady lauded the owners of Cablemail, Mr Shepherd Katuruza and his wife Mrs Joyce Katuruza for steering their company to perform well despite the sanctions that were imposed on the country.
She also praised them for supporting the Grace Mugabe Children's home.
Speaking at the same occasion Deputy Minister for Education, Arts, Sport and Culture Mr Lazarus Dokora said the First Lady had become a philanthropist of note because of her commitment to the needy.
"The First Lady has become a surrogate mother of the nation, who is relied on by thousands of needy children at Danhiko school of the needy and at her children's home in Mazowe.
She has become a philanthropist and a symbol of hope for many people in the country," he said.
Mr Katuruza said Cablemail is embarking on several community assistance programmes by providing financial assistance to several schools in the country. He said Cablemail has become the leading supplier of stationery in the country.
"Our business has reached peak level and we are operating at 100 percent for our core business which is the provision of exercise books. We have celebrated this success by giving to the needy and supporting several schools, which include Rujeko Primary School in Mutare, which we have adopted," he said.